Category: 1945 – 1970

Miserable Miracle by Henri Michaux

Miserable Miracle By Henri Michaux

Originally published in France in 1956 ‘Miserable Miracle’ by Henri Michaux explores the author/artist’s experiences with mescaline; an hallucinogenic drug originally derived from the Peyote cactus. Translated into English in 1963 by Louise Varèse, this review has been written from the 2002 New York Review of Books edition and contains...

Exploring Inner Space

Exploring Inner Space by Jane Dunlap (Adelle Davis)

Originally published in 1961 by Hardcourt, Brace & World ‘Exploring Inner Space: Personal experiences under LSD-25’ by Jane Dunlap is one of the earliest examples of both entheogenic literature and of a woman writing on the psychedelic experience. This beautifully crafted text explores her experiences over the course of 5...

Yage Letters

The Yage Letters Redux By William Burroughs & Allen Ginsberg

Originally published by City Lights in 1963 ‘The Yage Letters’ has since been republished 3 times. This fourth edition ‘The Yage Letters: Redux’ was published in 2006; it is edited by Oliver Harris who’s also included a thorough introduction of the text’s history. The book is presented as an epistolary...

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The Politics of Ecstasy By Timothy Leary

Originally published in 1968 ‘The Politics of Ecstasy’ is a collection of essays by, and interviews with, psychedelic troubadour Timothy Leary. The book contains Leary’s central ideas for the Sixties psychedelic revolution; both social and scientific. Arguably less well received than ‘The Psychedelic Experience’, it is in fact a much...

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Psychedelic Prayers By Timothy Leary

Originally published in 1966, ‘Psychedelic Prayers after the Tao Te Ching’ by Timothy Leary is a work of textual interpretation, an exercise in creativity and an attempt to illuminate and guide the psychedelic experience through the lens of an ancient text. The cover drawing, a psychedelic, red horse motif, is illustrated...

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Originally published in 1968 ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’ by Tom Wolfe is both a remarkable work of journalism and a historical-literary classic. It follows the exploits of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they trip their way round the US in the 1960s, turning on the masses and...

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

‘Fear and loathing in Las Vegas – A savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’ originally appeared in two parts, in Rolling Stone magazine, in November 1971. The novel appeared soon afterwards and has been re-printed many times since. Written by self-styled Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, under...

A Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts

The Joyous Cosmology By Alan Watts

‘The Joyous Cosmology – Adventures in Chemical Consciousness’, by British born philosopher Alan Watts, was originally published in 1962. Watts takes a variety of his psychedelic drug experiences and creates a single stream of consciousness that works together as if a single trip. The style is engaging, thoughtful and well...

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The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner & Richard Alpert

The Psychedelic Experience (TPE) is co-authored by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert; three fathers of the psychedelic counter-culture. It was published in 1964 after the professors had been kicked out of Harvard University and whilst the ‘Psychedelic Review’ was still in publication. The premise of TPE is as...

The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell

The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception (1954) & Heaven and Hell (1956) are two essays written by the English writer, Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963.) The two are now, more often than not, bound together in a single volume, which form a remarkable insight into psychedelics. Through Huxley’s astute exploration of his...

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